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Social Work Tomorrow: Towards a Critical Understanding of Computers in Social Work

Sapey, Robert (1997) Social Work Tomorrow: Towards a Critical Understanding of Computers in Social Work. British Journal of Social Work, 27 (6). pp. 803-814. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

This paper makes use of theoretical ideas that have been developed to understand the impact of new technology on organizations and applies them to its use within social work agencies. These developing theories employ ideas that are familiar to social workers—organization theory, decision making theory, and communication theory. The paper therefore argues that social workers are in a good position to understand and influence the use of computers within welfare agencies and do not need to be inhibited by a lack of technological knowledge. It is further argued that, unless social workers do become involved in the ways in which new technologies are used within organizations, they will fail to influence its impact upon their clients and may further fail to control the way in which computers affect the nature of social work itself in the future.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Work
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 53621
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2012 12:41
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53621

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